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  1. Updates on Monday 9 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Almost 60% of students in Oxford have failed to register to vote, prompting a huge drive to include them on the electoral roll ahead of the general election in May.


A change in the way households are registered is being blamed for a significant drop in voter numbers - with students believed to make up the majority of those who are missing.

Join me for the full story at


Clear and cold night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

The cloud should break as we head into the evening and we will see temperatures

dipping to freezing in rural areas.

Bee Tucker

There could be some patchy frost and fog, but most towns and cities will see lows of 2C (36F).

New technology needed for 100% broadband

BBC Radio Oxford

An extension to the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire partnership between BT and Oxfordshire County Council will see around 6,500 additional homes and businesses receive high-speed fibre broadband.


Around 95% of the county will have access, but increasingly that will be a challenge according to BT's Broadband Partnership director for Oxfordshire, Steven Henderson.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham: "Getting to 95% coverage is a really complex engineering programme. We're deploying lots and lots of fibre to new green cabinets out on the streets so in order to go beyond where we are now we are looking at new technologies to extend the reach further."

Blenheim Palace activity sparks Bond film set rumours

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

The appearance of huge cranes and fast cars at Blenheim Palace have fuelled rumours on social media it is

being used as a location for the new James Bond movie, Spectre.

Blenheim Palace

Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film,

due to be released in the UK on 23 October.

Sony Pictures has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment.

United sign French midfielder

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have signed 20-year-old midfielder Jeremy Balmy.

Jeremy Balmy

He told me he was looking to improve as a player: "The next two years are very very important for me. I need to play very many games, I need to keep working hard. I am happy to be here."

You can hear my interview with Jeremy at


Porsche galore

Jonny Dyer

tweets: Lots of very expensive cars and film unit gear at Blenheim Palace today. Staff cagey but seems to be new #bond #007

Cars in a trailer
Jonny Dyer

Paternity plan welcomed

BBC Radio Oxford

New fathers are being promised

longer and better paid paternity leave under a future Labour government.

Father and baby

Professor Tina Miller is a parenting expert from Oxford Brookes University and told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that it was a welcome idea.

She said: "For the first time they are establishing a right for men, a use it or lose it principle, so men will have an entitlement to these four weeks and if they don't use it they lose it."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three Oxfordshire schools deemed to be where "children can't learn and teachers can't teach" are to get a slice of a £6bn refurbishment scheme.

Join me for more on that and the other top stories of


'Not good enough'

BBC South Today

Parents at Rose Hill Primary School have been giving their thoughts on the news that the school has asked pupils to wear coats because the classrooms are too cold.


One mother said: "I was fuming, I'm disappointed. They should close the school. My boy has been poorly."

Another said their child was uncomfortable: "They have complained that they're cold. I think it's appalling, there should be a heating system for the school and when they come in from the cold outside it should be warm"

Man spared jail over fight with love rival

Oxford Mail

A man who threw a love rival against a wall so hard his victim almost lost his eyesight has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Local Live - Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

and would like to find out your views about the service.

Cyber safety

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have advertised an online cyber safety event on their

Facebook page.

Mother and daughter looking at laptop screen
Getty Images

Tomorrow between 12:30 and 13:30, we'll be discussing online safety with Thames Valley parents in an online Q&A session for Safer Internet Day 2015.

If you're a parent who would like to learn more about online safety, visit this link tomorrow and join in the discussion

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It has been revealed that three schools in Oxfordshire are to benefit from a share of £6bn to repair and rebuild buildings.

I'll have more on this at


Candlestick sculpture

Thame Gazette

Two enormous candlesticks

created from empty wine bottles are to be unveiled as the latest pieces of modern art to grace the grounds of Waddesdon Manor.

M40 accident

The M40 southbound is

partially blocked between J7, at Thame, and J6, Watlington, because of an collision between a lorry and a car.

There are queues of at least a mile running back up the road.

Timeless Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's main image is of Broad street, and photographed in such a way that you may struggle to know what era it pictures.

Broad Street

I guess the cars and the plastic bags give away the fact that it was 2015 rather than 1915, but it certainly shows the timeless character of the city.

It was taken by David Olds, and you can see more of his photos on


Cancer survivor meets hero

Banbury Guardian

A teenager from Banbury had his wish of a lifetime granted

when he met chef Raymond Blanc.

A361 closed at Fulbrook

The A361 in Fulbrook is

closed in both directions between the Beech Grove junction and the B4437 junction, because of an overturned car.

There is also a lane closed and slow traffic on the B4507 Ickleton Road westbound in Wantage between the Ham Road junction and the Vicarage Hill junction, because of an accident. The road is just passable.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Mental health issues in Oxfordshire's Campsfield immigration site will be reviewed as part of a national investigation.

All of the country's 13 removal centres are being looked into, after a report found that staff training is "very limited".

Join me for all the headlines at


'Unacceptable situation'

Oxfordshire County Council have described the cold temperatures at
Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford as "unacceptable".

Rose Hill Primary School

Classroom's have fallen to 10C, well below the legal low of 16C.

In a statement the council said: "Staff are reviewing the entire heating system to identify and correct faults. In the meantime temporary heaters have been offered to the school but this is clearly an unacceptable situation and we are doing all we can to get the system working properly, as swiftly as possible."

Mayor moves to Tories

Henley Standard

The Mayor of Henley, Martin Akehurst, has

defected to the Conservative Party, along with another former Henley Residents' Group councillor.

Checking out the Cherwell

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Stretching my legs on my lunch break I managed to get to out of town and take in some Oxford countryside.

River Cherwell

The River Cherwell was in sparkling good form. Do you have an image from the county, why not send it in to

Local Live?

Cold schooling

BBC Radio Oxford

Heating problems at Rose Hill Primary School have left some class rooms going down to 10C. Legally the lowest temperature a workplace is allowed to go is 16C.

Rose Hill Primary School

Head Teacher Sue Vermes said that the school should have been closed, but the five classes of children affected would already have missed ten days of teaching.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham: "We don't want the children to miss their education, we've talked to parents about the situation and they've been very supportive and sent the children in with extra clothing on."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Children at an Oxford primary school are being taught in temperatures below the legal limit.

Join me for the full details at


Brackley Town 0 Oxford City 5

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

A hat-trick from leading scorer Adi Yussuf and goals from Darren Pond and Tom Winters saw

Oxford City achieve a comprehensive 5-0 away win at local rivals Brackley Town on Saturday.

Brackley Town vs Oxford City
Michael Allen

For the third Saturday running the visitors saw their keeper red carded. Standing in for the suspended Salva de la Cruz, Mark Scott was sent off by referee Rob Ellis-Massey just before the interval.

Declan Benjamin donned the keepers jersey for the second consecutive game and made a fine save from the resulting free kick.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this afternoon: One of the worst performing schools in the south has been forced to close to most pupils today because so many staff are off sick.

St Aldhelm's Academy

St Aldhelm's Academy in Poole was put into special measures by Ofsted last year and the local MP held a crisis meeting with parents this weekend.

Join Tom Hepworth at


Get involved

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxford City Farm will aim to engage local people in activities related to food growing and caring for animals, whilst promoting sustainable living and healthy lifestyles, according to the organisers.

Goat in city farm (generic)

They have also called for local people to get involved with the project.

From working on the site, fundraising, or even being part of the trustee board,

they want to hear from you.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Buildings at a school in Oxford are in such a bad condition children are being taught at temperatures as low as 10C.

I'll have more on this at


School reading project fails

Oxford Times

A scheme set up by Oxford City Council to improve reading in primary schools has been dubbed a "shambles" after it emerged

all six schools have dropped out before its completion.

A Jag for James

Russell Harris

tweets: Just spotted the new XJ at Blenheim Palace! Think they were filming a TV commercial.

Blenheim Palace
Russell Harris

It is looking more and more like it is the filming for the new James Bond film, we'll have to see if we can spot the palace when the film is released.

Thatched pub fire

Wantage Herald

More than 30 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a thatched pub near Wantage.

Concerns over A34 Milton Interchange delays

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Speed restrictions during major roadworks on the A34 in Oxfordshire have sparked

concerns over delays.


The Milton Interchange roundabout is to have a carriageway built through its centre over the next year. A tunnel will take traffic from Didcot onto the northbound A34.

Construction has been restricted to evenings, but will be carried out 24 hours a day from 16 February.

The secret (service) is out!

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Blenheim Palace may not be commenting on rumours that it is set to feature in the latest James Bond film, but the evidence is growing, with Matt Lawley taking a picture which rather gives the game away.

007 car park pass at Blenheim Palace
Matt Lawley

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 6,000 homes and businesses across Oxfordshire are to get high speed broadband.

I'll have more on this at


Bond at Blenheim

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It's an iconic location and now

Blenheim Palace looks set to feature in a James Bond film, with visitors noting some huge cranes, large lights, fast cars and lots of unusual activity over the weekend.

Blenheim Palace
Samantha McGregor

Samantha McGregor captured the scene on Sunday afternoon.

Schools granted buildings funds

Three schools in Oxfordshire have been awarded funds as part of the

Priority School Building Programme.


Bartholomew School in Eynsham, the
Isis Academy in Oxford and
St John's Primary School in Wallingford, were among 277 schools across England to be granted money from the £6bn scheme.

Club stalwart wins groundsman of the year

Wallingford Herald

The man behind East Hendred FC's carefully tended pitch for the last 43 years has been

crowned Groundsman of the Year by Berks and Bucks FA.

Leaders took control of Ebola

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

David Cameron has told me how he and US President Barack Obama took the initiative on the international response to the

Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Alfred Fullah, Howard Bentham and David Cameron

He was

speaking to me and Alfred Fullah, a Witney resident who has family in Sierra Leone, who wanted to thank the Prime Minister for his response to the outbreak.

Mr Cameron said: "I was talking to Obama and we agreed that the normal institutions just weren't moving fast enough. He said 'We've got this relationship with Liberia, we'll take care of that, let's get Francois Hollande to help with Guinea, and David you help fix Sierra Leone.' I said absolutely that's what we're going to do."